Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Procrastination

So I have one thing that I HAVE to get done this week....ok thats a lie it had to get done about 2 months ago :) Its just such a pain and quite frankly I dont see why the opposing attorney needs it. Furthermore, this is a pro bono client so Im not even getting paid on this case.....and it has drug out for months!



So did I do it today.......




Nope I spent the day organizing the office instead.




Oh well, better luck tomorrow!

Monday, May 24, 2010

In a Funk

Bentley and I are in a staring contest......he wants to go to the park......I want to lay on the couch and watch TV!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thumb twiddling is getting old!!

Ok so I took over the stupid paperwork that the CW needed in order to get my home study sent out finally.......now Im just waiting. Ive been trying to clean and get some basic necessities. I got some formula and bottles, some clothes, blankets. Just a few things so Im prepared for a placement and wouldn't need to run out to the store within hours of having a child in my home! To days project is organizing the bathroom closet...currently it is shoved to the brim with lotions, shampoos, and other random things! Wish me luck :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Raising Cain and Abel

So this afternoon's training did not go as well as yesterdays. It was about raising boys, but didn't really tell me anything I didn't know. The craziest part was at the end during discussion a man stood up and told the trainer that this was basically the worst training he had ever been to! I mean it wasn't great but certainly wasn't that bad! The trainer was totally taken aback, rightfully so, and then others jumped on the bandwagon. Somehow it turned into a christian vs. non-christian parenting discussion....I don't know how that happened. I was totally ashamed and embarrassed to think that other Christians would behave this way. I understand that you (and me) are parenting with a certain worldview. However, this is a County training not a Church training and I think it is entitled to think that the training should be based around your worldview. My thought is always to listen to what is being said and take home what you can and what fits into your philosophy and worldview of parenting, but to demean others for not thinking your way....I just don't understand. Any other thoughts?

AHHHHHH!!


Guess who called today.....thats right the social worker. Remember how earlier this week she said my homestudy was being sent to the state......yeah well that didnt happen. She calls me this afternoon to tell me she needs MORE paperwork. Apparently since it took her SO long to get this homestudy done I now need to provide her with the 2009 taxes, updated utility bills, and updated pet vacinations. Now of course the cats rabies vaccination expired this past Wednesday! Now I will be spending the weekend getting all of this together to get to her by Monday, because of course she claims it will be going out Monday. Who wants to take that bet???

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Managing Behavior

Our area has a Foster Parent Training Weekend each year and it happens to be this weekend. I called to see if I could attend even though I don't have my license yet and they said that was fine. Since we have to have 40 hours of training every two years, this is going to be a great way to get in 15 hours in 3 days!

This afternoon I attended a training on managing behavior. It was incredible. I can honestly say that in ALL the trainings I have ever been to, including work, this was the most informative and fun training I have ever been to! I learned so many practical strategies and ideas. One of my favorites was talking about breathing techniques, teaching children to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth to calm down. The saying was, "Smell a flower, Blow out a candle." How cute is that?! The trainer also told us to have children who have a problem with cursing stand in front of a mirror and watch themselves curse, he says for some children it really seems to work. Anyways, lots of good information....looking forward to tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Is this what it feels like to be pregnant?


Ok so its been 8 months since I started the foter to adopt process......8 months. For the majority of the time I had things to occupy my time and distract me from the whole idea of having kiddos in the house. BUT, now that all the paperwork is done, rooms are ready, and necessities are in hand......Im going crazy! I feel like my pregnant friends around the 8th month when all they keep saying is "I just want this baby out of me!" Thats exactly where I am at, I just want this kiddo to get here now! Anyone have any ideas to calm me down??


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Homestudy on its way!

CW called today, homestudy should be going out this week!! Then another few weeks for the state to approve it and send the license!

She called to check if I knew what daycare I would be using? How many times do I have to tell her the same things?? i explained once again that no I didnt have one picked out, but if the child was not school age my schedule is flexible enough that I could take some time off to find a daycare that suited them!

Oh well, at least it should be on its way this week :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

BABY

No not mine...neighbor had her baby and brought it home yesterday!!! So happy for them :) and totally jealous!

Pray for Patience

Im getting impatient and frustrated with the whole system and Im not even licensed yet! Can't imagine what it will be like when I actually have a placement, but let me back up here first. My CW is completely disorganized! She called a month ago (she should have been calling to tell me I was licensed) to tell me that she had submitted my homestudy to her supervisor and realized she forgot to ask me who my emergency care provider would be. Now, we HAD already gone over this during the home study, but as with everything else she failed to take notes, or lost the nots, or didnt realize she needed to write it down! I again tell her who it is and she informs me she has to do a background check and have her sign the disciplinary agreement...mind you I really do not plan on leaving my foster child alone with anyone other than the daycare providers but oh well. She says to me that she has my friends contact number and will contact her. 2 weeks later she calls me back and says she cant find her phone number!!!! WHAT!!! She was my reference so does that mean you lost the reference??? Anyway, gave her the new number...did she call??? NOT FOR ANOTHER WEEK!! Then tells my friend that she needs to do a homestudy at her house??!! So that is not scheduled for another week. My friend leaves work in the middle of the day to go home and meet her...of course she is 30 minutes late. Then the CW says shes not prepared to do a home inspection so why doesnt she just sign this thing saying she wont watch the FK at her house. UNBELIEVABLE! Now I have to wait for her background check to come back...oh and did i mention she just had a background check done because she is a CASA volunteer. CW "couldnt find it in the system".
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